Photos from the aftermath of the devastating Tianjin explosion

Yesterday, Tianjin, China was rocked by a terrifying explosion that has left 50 dead and more than 500 people injured. The impact of the blast was devastating—from the initial horrifying explosion to the shockwaves that shattered windows and glass a mile away and now to the aftermath—and has made the port city of… »8/13/15 1:03pm8/13/15 1:03pm

Christopher Lee's last message feels like a premonitory farewell

I’m a huge fan of Sir Christopher Lee. Not only did he have a wicked sense of humor and a great life philosophy, but he was a fantastic—and very underappreciated!—actor. After I saw his first film in Hammer’s Dracula series, he visited my childhood nightmares every day. He terrified me—and I loved every bit of it. »6/11/15 1:36pm6/11/15 1:36pm

Visualization shows the sad truth on how many lives were lost in WWII

The numbers are truly saddening and absolutely staggering. If you have time on your hands, sit through this illuminating data visualization video that details how many lives were cut short from World War II. It’s a lot. It’s not all bad though, Neil Hailoran, the maker of the video, shows how we’ve grown since then. »5/29/15 11:24am5/29/15 11:24am

Short documentary: What it's like to be in Nepal after the earthquake

Another massive earthquake hit Nepal today, this time the epicenter was near Mount Everest. It’s so sad because the people of Nepal are still recovering from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake just two weeks ago that had killed thousands and wrecked Nepal to an unimaginable degree. Samaritan’s Purse filmed this short to… »5/12/15 11:17am5/12/15 11:17am

Depressing graphic shows the time humanity spent watching Gangnam Style

The Economist made this sobering graphic of the hidden cost of the most popular YouTube video of all time—with more than two billion views since June 2012: "At 4:12 minutes, that equates to more than 140m hours, or more than 16,000 years." Then they compared it to some of humanity's most monumental tasks. »12/08/14 12:59pm12/08/14 12:59pm

The story of the Marine who survived all his squad in a twist of fate

This is the heart wrenching story of Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams. He lost all his squad mates—11 of them—when their vehicle exploded on their way to a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. And all because, at the last minute, someone tapped on his shoulder. He was lucky. Perhaps, he thinks, too damn lucky. »11/15/14 3:17am11/15/14 3:17am

Time lapse: An empty city in black and white feels so eerie and lonely

This short time lapse by Bruce W. Berry Jr is already a powerful piece of work. It turns the buildings of Philadelphia into towering monoliths that hide people away, it makes the sky look like ghouls seeping in and it turns the city into a haunting place. Sadly though, the story behind this time lapse is even more… »11/06/14 12:54am11/06/14 12:54am

Portraits of abandoned dogs before being put down at a shelter

Taiwanese photographer Yun-Fei Tou created these portraits of abandoned dogs minutes before being euthanized to "arouse people's awareness of animals rights." What really fucks me up is to look into their eyes knowing they didn't know what was coming up next. A stark reminder of our responsibility towards these beings. »10/21/14 4:49pm10/21/14 4:49pm